Many Samsung Galaxy users may not be aware of the “Smart select” feature on their flagship devices like Galaxy S9, S10, Note 9, S20, and some other devices. In the meantime, The Smart Select is basically a Galaxy Note feature but this feature is also available for Samsung Galaxy S Series Like S8, S9, S10, and S20. So, in this guide, you will learn how to use the Smart Select feature to extract text from an image on a Samsung Galaxy phone.
Have you ever wished you could copy the text contents of an image? Or perhaps you want to send the content of a textbook to a friend without having to type out the entire content? Luckily, if you have Galaxy S8 or later or even Note Series then you can convert image to text without installing third-party OCR text scanning apps.
What is Smart select?
Here’s what Samsung has to say about the Smart Select and it’s usage:
Smart select lets you select, clip, and collect whatever grabs your interest so you can easily share it right away or at a later time to your friends or via social media.
Whatever the shape and size of the content, Smart select it with your S Pen to capture it all in one quick move. Capture long pages that require scrolling as one image and write notes over the saved content. You can also easily create GIFs from videos.
Smart Select Features
Smart Select is a useful Galaxy feature that lets you take a screenshot in a rectangle or oval shape, create animation, pin part of the screen. However, when I recently used this feature, I noticed that it can also extract text from the image with ease
- Animation (GIF)
- Pin to screen
How to Enable and Customize Smart Select to Extract Text
- Go to the Settings app.
- Tap Display.
- Select the Edge screen.
- Enable Edge panels.
- Tap on the Edge panel text itself and then make sure to check the box at the top of Smart select.
How to Extract Text from an Image on Samsung using Smart Select
If you are looking for the easiest way to extract or copy text from an image on Samsung Galaxy S10, S20, and other Gallaxy devices then here’s how to use Smart select to extract or convert text from on image on Samsung Galaxy:
Step 1. Make sure to enable Edge panels and select Smart select. Head into settings > display > edge screen > edge panels. Through this menu, you can enable firstly the Edge screen itself, but also the smart select Edge panel.
Step 2. Go to the page or open an image that you want to extract text from.
Step 3. Open the Edge panel with a swipe until you get to Smart select.
Step 4. Tap Rectangle, adjust the rectangle size, and tap done.
Step 5. Tap Extract text.
Step 6. You will be asked to download OCR Service from the Galaxy Store. Tap Download and after that tap Install.
Step 7. When installed, repeat the steps from 2 to 5 and now you have successfully extracted text from an image on a Samsung Galaxy using Smart select. Now, you can copy or share the extracted text with your friends.
That’ it. This is how you can extract or convert text from an image on a Samsung Galaxy device like S9, S10, or S20 using Smart select. If you like to extract texts from images then no need for third-party OCR apps, instead use the Smart select feature on your Galaxy phone. Meanwhile, you can also take screenshots with this handy and useful feature.
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